The Ghion Journal

In the opening to a piece published here on The Ghion Journal a few weeks ago, The Noir Detective, Julian Assange and What Comes Next, I mentioned how important the keeping of secrets is to empires (and most authoritarian societies, for that matter). I’d like to follow up on that today.

The people and institutions who own and operate the U.S.-centralized empire not only gain enormous wealth and privilege from doing so, they also get something even more intoxicating—for one, they hook into an enveloping energy that’s greater than themselves (a need shared by most human beings) and, for another, they enjoy a feeling of extraordinary power, a mastery over the world and the people in it.

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